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Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book
Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book


Title: Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi

Photographer(s): Khalid Hadid

Writer(s): Lukas Birk  

Editor(s): Edward Grazda

Designer(s): Edward Grazda

Publisher(s): Fraglich Publishing, Bregenz, Austria

Year: 2021

Print run: 400

Language(s): English & Pashto

Pages: 104

Size: 15 x 20 cm

Binding: Hardcover with envelope

Edition:

Print: Naveen Printers, New Delhi, India

Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Afghanistan,1992-1994

ISBN: 9783950277364



Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021


Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021

Disasters of war, portraits of Khalid Hadi is a photo book by photographer Khalid Hadi on Taliban published by Fraglich Publishing 2021


An 11 year old boy, Khalid Hadi, was made a photographer at a relieve foundation for victims of the Afghan-Soviet war in Kandahar, South Afghanistan. Orphans, wounded fighters, civilians. For three years he photographed 10.000 casualties of the conflict with a wooden box camera for the administration of the foundation.

When the Taliban took over most of Afghanistan, he was determent to continue working as photographer and took a job for the oppressive rulers; Taking pictures of infrastructure and other Taliban projects. But after a few years he could not bare it any longer and fled to the USA where by chance he encountered the renown photographer Edward Grazda. This was in 2001, just before 9/11.

Khalid presented Edward with a photograph of the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, which he took 8 years prior at the foundation. Mullah Omar’s eye was wounded while fighting as a Mujahedin. At this time Mullah Omar, although a most wanted figure, was a mystery and no known photograph of him was available. With the help of Edward the image was made public via Magnum.

Disasters of War, edited by Edward Grazda, illustrates a fraction of Khalid’s photographs in his years as box camera photographer. The silent beauty of the weathered images hold a shocking violence of an outrageous occupation with hundreds of thousands victims. A piece of history almost forgotten outside of Afghanistan, yet it was the very beginning of the formation of terrorist groups, backed by western powers in the last years of the cold war. International terrorist groups that still echo throughout the world.

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